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Trump Has New Plan for Migrants' DNA

The DNA would be placed in a huge crime database

(Newser) - The Trump administration is planning to expand the collection of DNA from migrants who cross US borders, and to include the information in a massive criminal database operated by the FBI, the AP reports. The effort is separate from and much broader than the rapid DNA testing done on families... More »

Feel Like Shouting 'Speak English'? Not Smart in NYC

City issues ban on discriminatory rhetoric like 'illegal alien,' threatening to call ICE to harass

(Newser) - New York City is cracking down on xenophobia, with new guidelines that ban calling people "illegal aliens" in an attempt to "demean, humiliate, or harass" them; threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to discriminate; or telling anyone to "speak English" or "go... More »

Inside the Aftermath of the Huge Mississippi ICE Raid

Agency says some were let go for humanitarian reasons

(Newser) - Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested Thursday, a day after the United States' largest immigration raid in a decade . A total of 680 people were arrested in Wednesday's raids, but more than 300... More »

Hotels Get Caught in Immigration Crossfire

Several say they will no longer house migrants

(Newser) - There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM, and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the AP reports. For decades, the US government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels, and... More »

Planned ICE Sweep Turns Into Coffee and Doughnuts

Officials opt for a few low-key raids instead

(Newser) - A federal plan to detain at least 2,000 immigrants in a nationwide sweep Sunday has devolved into a handful of low-key raids with few if any arrests, the New York Times reports. The plan for ICE agents to dramatically round up immigrants who have removal orders—which was highly... More »

To Cover US Deal, Mexico's President Will Sell His Plane

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flies commercial anyway

(Newser) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to fulfill a 2018 campaign promise to sell the country's presidential plane—though the estimated $150 million won't go to help poor communities as he initially stated. As the BBC reports, funds from the sale of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will... More »

Border Agents Set a Record, Detaining 1K People at Once

Immigrants are traveling in large groups more often

(Newser) - Border agents took more than 1,000 migrants into custody near El Paso, Texas, after they crossed into the US illegally Wednesday, officials say—the largest group ever encountered by the Border Patrol, per NBC . More immigrants have been traveling in large groups recently, advocates say, for safety. Medical teams... More »

Shanahan Reveals Plan for Border Security

The acting defense secretary wants to leave the Pentagon behind

(Newser) - On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help, the AP reports. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to... More »

Trump Taps 'True Believer' to Head ICE

Trump says Mark Morgan 'will do a great job!'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is tapping a former border patrol chief who served in the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports. Trump tweets that Mark Morgan "will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE."... More »

Sarah Sanders: About That 'Sanctuary Cities' Plan

The White House press secretary appears on 'This Week'

(Newser) - Flooding so-called "sanctuary cities" with undocumented immigrants is apparently just one way the president might further his immigration-reform agenda, ABC News reports. It's "an option on the table," Sarah Sanders said Sunday on This Week. "Certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because ideally... More »

Trump Contradicts Aides, Says Sanctuary Cities Plan Is in Play

Immigrant detainees would be released in Democrats' districts

(Newser) - A day after White House and Homeland Security officials said it wouldn't happen, President Trump confirmed that he's thinking about releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities. "We are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only," Trump tweeted Friday. At... More »

Trump Gives Mexico Deadline to Stop Illegal Crossings

In tweets, president threatens to close the border next week

(Newser) - Unless Mexico puts an immediate halt to illegal crossings into the US, President Trump said Friday, at least parts of the border will be closed as early as next week. Trump likewise threatened to close the border near the end of last year but didn't, the Hill points out.... More »

Judge Sentences Women for Leaving Jugs of Water

The humanitarian-aid workers each get 15 months of probation

(Newser) - Four women who left food and water for migrants in a deadly border area have been sentenced by a federal judge, the Arizona Republic reports. US Magistrate Judge Bernando Velasco sentenced them Friday to 15 months of unsupervised probation and a $250 fine, on charges of abandonment of property and... More »

ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near... More »

Lawyer: Trump Golf Course Suddenly Cans 12 Workers

Seems the Trump National Golf Club doesn't want them anymore

(Newser) - A lawyer for a dozen workers at one of President Donald Trump's golf clubs in New York who are in the United States illegally says they were fired this month even though managers knew of their illegal status years ago, the AP reports. Anibal Romero says a dozen such... More »

Record Migrant Group Tunnels Under Border Wall

The asylum seekers mostly come with minors

(Newser) - A record-high group of migrants entered the US on Monday by tunneling under a border wall near San Luis, Arizona, ABC News reports. The 376 asylum seekers can be seen on US Border Patrol video walking along the border fence to be processed by agents in the Yuma area. "... More »

Report: Trump's Border Wall Plan Has a Major Gap

Most undocumented immigrants enter US legally, then overstay

(Newser) - A new report from the Center for Migration Studies highlights a major flaw in President Trump's plan to curb illegal immigration with a border wall: Most undocumented immigrants arrive legally and overstay their visas. The center says that in 2016-2017, overstayers accounted for 62% of newly arrived undocumented immigrants,... More »

Slain Cop Who Stopped Immigrant Is Hailed as a 'Hero'

Cpl. Ronil Singh was killed the day after Christmas

(Newser) - A California police officer who was killed in the line of duty was hailed Saturday as a "Fiji-born American hero" who made the ultimate sacrifice for his adopted country, the AP reports. At a funeral held for Cpl. Ronil (row-neel) Singh, mourners remembered the 33-year-old as a hard-working immigrant... More »

Even Migrants Are Blaming Group Behind Caravans

People Without Borders has its critics

(Newser) - Thousands of Central Americans journeying toward the United States were 2,500 miles from their destination in October when they reached a moment of decision: Should they press on toward the US border? Or should they stop and put down roots in Mexico, where the government offered to let them... More »

Family of Migrant Girl: She Didn't Die That Way

Border Patrol officials say they tried to save her

(Newser) - The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from US officials who said she had not been given food or water for days, the AP reports. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal say the girl... More »

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